July 2, 2002
My husband & I (and 7 other friends) have just returned from our Alaska cruise on Infinity. We had a fabulous time! The cruise ship is lovely and very comfortable. We had a cabin with veranda. It had lots of storage space & was very well laid-out. Having the veranda greatly enhanced our cruise experience, and I would highly recommend getting one.
We had great weather for the first part of the trip; the weather was sunny and in the 70s. Our Juneau excursion was the whale watch cruise & lunch at Orca Lodge; we highly recommend this one. We saw humpbacks and orcas -- the orcas came right up to the ship! Even those who are camera-impaired got great pictures. Lunch at Orca Lodge was delicious; even those who don't eat salmon became converts.
The crew on the boat was very knowledgable and very accommodating.
In addition to the whales, we saw harbor seals, eagles, porpoises, and Stellar sea lions.
Our Juneau excursion was the train ride and bus excursion (train ride up and bus ride back). The bus takes you to a pseudo gold mining camp where there is a very entertaining show, and you can pan for gold. Great fun!.
In addition to our regular dinners, we also ate at the SS United States on our last night aboard. If you can afford this, do it. The food is wonderful, the ambiance superb, and the wait staff very entertaining. Our only complaint is the $15 corkage fee for bringing your own bottle of wine; we feel this is way too high for what is essentially a simple service.